I have been wearing the VIVOBAREFOOT Scott for some time now and I have been very pleased with it. We first mentioned this shoe in the VIVOBAREFOOT winter range write-up last fall. I wanted to write about the Scott's cold weather capabilities but winter hasn’t really started up in the part of Europe where I live (Toe Salad readers in North America will probably frown when they read this).
On the first weekend of fall we reach the end of our thru-hike - Mt. Katahdin, Maine. It's hard to believe everything we overcame and persevered through to reach this point; sickness and separation, mosquitos and mice, injury and inclement weather, mountains and mud. How did we get this far? One step at a time, over and over and over again. Only one more mountain to climb, with our dearest hiking friends and companions, and we'll be finished this monumental family adventure.
You see a lot of talk in minimalist circles all over the web about running form. It is widely acknowledged that in order to reduce injury and maximize health we not only need to minimize footwear, but that we need to become students of form. If we don't, we are still at risk of getting injured. What about walking?
Over the last few years, Toe Salad has published some articles and reviews about Merrell shoes suitable for winter use. Winter here means sub-freezing temperatures and snow which often requires thicker insulating soles than typically found in most minimalist shoes. Since shoe models change so quickly and there is no way we could review them all before the cold hits, we thought we would give you a short overview on a few Merrell models that might help get you through the impending winter.
The Kigo Pai is a trendy, oxford shoe designed for everyday use. It is both comfortable and stylish, while remaining very minimal. The Pai also puts a high priority on being environmentally friendly, as a lot of recycled components are used in its construction. The other perk? It is available for both women and men - in this article we take a look at the women's version.
This is it! We are passing through the last state on the Appalachian Trail. Maine brings a lot of lakes, rivers, and water crossings, including a hiker ferry (i.e. a canoe). Mount Katahdin (the northern terminus) is in sight and brings with it reflections from everyone about the final days and weeks of our journey. It has been long, and at times very difficult, what will we miss most?